An affirmative action plan consists of specific procedures that are designed to offset the impact of prior discrimination against protected classes.
All federal contractors must have a written affirmative action plan if they employ 50 or more employees or hold contracts of $50,000 or more. Plans must be designed and implemented with the intent to achieve specific goals in terms of increasing the presence of women and minorities who otherwise meet the job qualifications. It is not enough for contractors to intend to minimize discrimination. An affirmative action plan is evaluated based on its results; thus, it must be goal oriented and based on the specific problems and barriers to advancement encountered by women and minorities in that particular field and setting.
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